It was a tough week last week for the Beckman girls. They lost two to both Solon and Mount Vernon and split with CPU, settling them at 3-9 for the year.
The Solon games began the week there, June 6, for losses of 5-0 and 7-4. In the first, the Spartans put two on the board in the first and stayed in the lead until the end, adding a three-run fourth.
In the nightcap, it was the Blazers who put up the first runs to open the game, 2-0. But Solon got a single run in the second, third, fourth and fifth to edge ahead 4-2, then closed things down after the
Blazers knotted the game in the sixth, by scoring three times in the bottom of the frame.
Total stats for the night included Lauren Osterhaus 2-for-6, with Charley Wulfekuhle, Lil McDermott, Shea Steffen, Reese Osterhaus and Trista Schmidt adding hits. Addi Burlage took the loss in the second game, allowing seven runs on seven hits, fanning five. Schmidt suffered the first game loss, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out one.
“These were tough games,” said coach Amber Boeckenstedt. “We struggled hitting in the first game but were able to make some adjustments at the plate in the second to make that one a closer game.”
Next up was Mount Vernon (15-1), who handed the Blazers two short-game losses June 8, 10-0 and 13-1. In the first, they blasted the Blazers with a seven-run first inning, adding one in the second and clinching the game with two in the third.
They scored early in game two as well, four in the first, five in the second, after the Blazers had put up an early lead of 1-0.
Mustang Jenna Sprague held the Blazers to a single hit in the first game, from Steffen. Addison Gookin gave them a run off five hits in the nightcap, from Wulfekuhle, McDermott, Mia Maiers and Steffen (two). Schmidt took the loss in the first game, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits.
Madelyn Simon got the L in the second, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 11 hits and eight walks, one whiff.
“We knew Mount Vernon would be a tough team. They are very solid all the way around and excel in hitting and baserunning. We had a couple of errors and too many walks given up to stay in the games,” added Boeckenstedt.
The Blazers came back with a bang June 9 at home, bombing CPU 12-6 in the opener but falling 11-3 in the nightcap.
They put together a 10-run fourth inning to lead 10-4 and held the Stormin’ Pointers the rest of the way.
CPU rebounded in the second game, scoring two runs in the first, second (three), fourth, sixth and seventh for the win.
“Our offense really exploded in the first game,” said Boeckenstedt. “It helped a pick up a needed win in a tough week. We were producing hits and runs all throughout our lineup, which was great to see. Our defense was able to stay tight and help us get the win. We tried keeping up that energy through game two but couldn’t get the hits when we needed them.”
Combined stats for the games include: Steffen 4-for-7, four RBIs, Maiers (two) and McDermott 3-for-7, Schmidt 2-for-4, Wulfekuhle 2-for-5, Reese Osterhaus 2-for-6, Lauren Osterhaus 2-for-8, Emma
Karcher 1-for-6. Schmidt took the first game allowing six runs on 10 hits and fanning two. Burlage got the loss in 1.1 innings of work, allowing five runs on three hits, passing six.